RED EARTH GAZE
Gloria Gem Sánchez
Weshoyot Alvitre, Miranda Calvin, Avis Charley, Joe Galarza, River Garza, Tochtlita Melissa Govea, Jesús Jesse Gutierrez, L. Frank Manriquez, Nicole Marie Merton, Carla Marie Muñoz, Tony Portillo, Xochitlmilko Portillo, Laurie Steelink, Marissa Magdalena Sykes, Mi'randa Villanueva, Alexandria Ybarra, Isaac Michael Ybarra, Veronica Ybarra, and Mer Young.
RED EARTH GAZE, is a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring Indigenous relatives from local California tribes and migrant Native communities across Tovaangar. Taking place on the unceded, traditional homelands of the Gabrielino Tongva-Kizh at Angels Gate Cultural Center, this exhibition is held in conjunction with the Many Winters Gathering of Elders (MWGOE). The MWGOE is a four-day gathering where Native/Indigenous Elders and knowledge-keepers from across the country gather to participate in ceremonial practices and share teachings through oral tradition with the community.
At the center of RED EARTH GAZE are Contemporary Native visual narratives that are reflective of each artists’ life perspective. Together in unison, the works coalesce notions from the past and present as we consciously emerge into the future, celebrating the expansive hopes and dreams of Native peoples as multidimensional beings. Gloria Gem Sánchez, Xicana-Filipina Indigenous artist, has curated multiple generations of Indigenous artists, paying homage to the Elders who founded The Gathering, while also recognizing a younger generation of contemporary Native artists in a multitude of artistic medias. Installation art, photography, screen printing, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, fiber art, and ceramic works will fill the galleries, each with their own stylistic vibrancy and expressive natures. To tell Native stories and histories is a powerful tool of cultural sustenance. This exhibition aims to make space for our Indigenous relatives to tell their stories as participants in the human experience because without them, we could not know who we are or where we’ve come from.